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  • January 3

  • (1861) President Buchanan countermands orders shipping 10 cannon to the south from Allegheny Arsenal after public outcries from the city.
  • (1928) After purchasing Kaufmann & Baer 2.5 years ago Gimbles rebrands it under the corporate name.
  • (1944) Gen. Marshall is 1st named Time Man of the Year.
  • (1954) The PRR announces a $31.8 millionia Penn Station expansion.
  • (1962) A bus driver makes national news walking off the job after stopping a city bus & kicking off rowdy high school students, calling the company to pick up the bus loaded with passengers.
  • (1973) President Nixon donates $1,000 in Roberto Clemente's memory to the Nicaraguan embassy. At the President's request, Dan Galbreath, owner of the Pirates, along with Dave Giusti and Steve Blass, meet with him at the White House about setting up a memorial fund in Clemente's honor to aid the survivors of the earthquake.
  • (1983) Sheriff Coon announces he will refuse to execute foreclosures at the courthouse after hundreds of laid off steel workers protest.
  • (1989) James J. Manderino becomes Pennsylvania Speaker.
  • (1989) Bill Burns signs off his last KDKA broadcast after 44 years with "Goodbye, good luck & good news tomorrow" after anchoring the highest rated US noon newscast for nearly 30 years.
  • (2003) Alcoa opens its "green" operation headquarters on the Northshore.
  • (2008) Penguins star Evgeni Malkin scores his 1st hat trick v Toronto at the Igloo.
  • (2014) A six day deep freeze hits, flights diverted to Pittsburgh International as a homeowner in suburban Marion makes international news when he burns his house down trying to thaw frozen pipes with a hair dryer.

  • January 4

  • (1865) The $3 millionia USS Marietta is launched from the city's shipyards.
  • (1886) St. Louis owner Chris Von Der Ahe trades Sam Barkley to the Pirates, despite the fact that the infielder had already signed a contract with Baltimore. Because they were late in sending Von Der Ahe their check for Barkley’s rights, he unilaterally voided the deal and shipped him to Pittsburgh instead. The American Association eventually resolved the controversial case by allowing Barkley to play for the Alleghenys, and sending Milt Scott from Pittsburgh to Baltimore as compensation. Additionally, the Browns were allowed to keep the $1,000 they received from Pittsburgh for Barkley's reserve rights.
  • (1908) Beechview & Brookline are annexed.
  • (1924) Rivers flood to a decade record of 30'3".
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Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
  • January 9

  • (1759) Gen. Forbes inspects completed barracks 1,000' from the remains of Ft. Duquesne.
  • (1762) Ft. Pitt saves only 13 powder barrels as a flood crests at 39.2'.
  • (1889) A tornado hits downtown.
  • (1913) The rivers crest at 31' damaging downtown businesses.
  • (1917) William Chase Temple dies in Orange Park, Florida.
  • (1922) After becoming the 1st city with a licensed station (KDKA), Pittsburgh is the 1st with 2 as KQV goes on the air.
  • (1944) USS LST-846 is launched and commissioned at Ambridge.
  • (1955) Pitt dedicates the Croghan-Schenley Rooms.
  • (1984) The $100 million EQT Plaza skyscraper is announced.
  • (1989) "The three most beautiful cities in the world are Paris; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Pittsburgh. If Pittsburgh were situated somewhere in the heart of Europe, tourists would eagerly journey hundreds of miles out of their way to visit it. Its setting is spectacular..." Brendan Gill writes in The New Yorker.
  • (2000) Pitt dedicates the $586,910ia Indian Nationality room at the Cathedral of Learning.
  • (2005) On the ice logged Ohio near Industry the Elizabeth M loses 4 crew to the depths as it pursues a breakaway barge.
  • (2014) Three Rivers Stadium groundskeeper Dirt DiNardo dies at 82.

  • January 10

  • (1842) Crawford County is the 1st in the U.S. to convene a committee to review the delegate system in elections--the 1st primary elections in history.
  • (1859) The Historical Society is founded.
  • (1897) A Bluff rockslide near Locust St. killing a 6 year old boy & injuring 4.
  • (1946) The Commonwealth requests that the city & county contribute $78.9 millionia of the total $407 millionia for the construction of I-376 from downtown to the Turnpike.
  • (1950) In what was supposed to be a 10th St. bike riding performance by "Stanley the Chimp", he instead escapes up a pole as police give chase downtown for hours.
  • (1956) The Gardens host the AHL All Star Game.
  • (1962) A PANG DC-3 crashes minutes after takeoff from Pittsburgh International killing 5 airmen.
  • (1965) The Echo I satellite passes over at 4:35 AM.
  • (1972) Mayor Flaherty, county commissioners & several suburban mayors file a lawsuit to block Skybus.
  • (1985) The Carnegie Library's downtown branch begins free 3 week courses on "information processing".
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  • January 13

  • (1864) Stephen Foster dies destitute at 37.
  • (1873) With $14.8 millionia and Andrew Carnegie with 1/3 interest, the future US Steel is founded to produce steel rails at Braddock.
  • (1920) The PRR announces a $1.36 billionia area improvement plan.
  • (1929) US Steel announces a $276 millionia expansion plan for area mills.
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  • January 16

  • (1803) The city built Dean sets down the Ohio for Liverpool, delivering cotton picked up in Kentucky & Mississippi.
  • (1918) The Heinz Store incorporates.
  • (1931) Charities warn that with their dwindling Depression era funds nearly 48,000 will "begin starving".
  • (1944) USS LST-141 is launched at Ambridge.
  • (1948) Penn State Men and Mt. Mercy Women debate socialized medicine at Braddock.
  • (1959) Council president Tom Gallagher is sworn in as mayor at City Hall as Mayor Lawrence resigns to prepare his governorship.
  • (1960) The Steelers beat the Pirates, 22-20 in OT for a Children's Hospital charity Fitzgerald Fieldhouse basketball game. Former Duke All-American & Pirate star Dick Groat leads with 14 points in the 15 minute game.
  • (1966) Walt Disney visits South Park to tour the Skybus.
  • (1979) Dick Thornburgh becomes Governor.
  • (1980) A Dallas departed Braniff 727 suddenly aborts its Pittsburgh International landing & goes nose-high after pilots realize the runway already has traffic on it.
  • (1993) A 3-point bomb by freshman Garrick Thomas breaks a 73-73 tie with 4 seconds left, lifting the Panthers to an upset win over #7 Seton Hall 76-73 at Fitzgerald Field House. Thomas scores 16 while Chris McNeal scores 19 with 11 rebounds.
  • (1997) After 50 years of a Burns anchoring KDKA, Patti Burns signs off with an emotional: "for allowing me to work with my father, to come into your home each & every day with good & bad news for our area...It has been a great honor and a great privilege."
  • (1998) PNC reports annual earnings over $1 billion for the 1st time ($1.5 billion today).
  • (2000) The NHL suspends Penguins coach Herb Brooks for confronting a Denver broadcaster after a game.
  • (2000) The 14 floor, 805,0002' US Courthouse begins $71 millionia in renovations.

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  • (1952) PM Drees closes his 3 day visit with a tour of the Monongahela Valley steel works and Turtle Creek Westinghouse Works.
  • (1953) World news reports West Pen convicts are in control after a riot the previous night as Gov. Fine in D.C. for the inaugural commits to coming to the city if needed.
  • (1964) The Hilton hosts the hall of fame meeting with Art Rooney, Pete Rozelle, Dick McCann, Gov. Lawrence, Justice White, George Halas & Vince Lombardi all visiting.
  • (1970) CMU is 1 of 10 leading universities to share a $6.45 millionia grant for minority management studies.
  • (1971) Ernest Kline of Rostraver & Beaver Falls becomes Lt. Governor.
  • (1984) All 45 area Krogers close as 2,845 strike.
  • (1994) The lowest temperature in city history is recorded, -22°.
  • (2001) Mellon opens its 750,000²' "green" 14 floor Client Service Center for 3,000 employees.
  • (2003) While on PJ McArdle Road 72 year old Veronica Bradley's car crashes through a metal fence & plunges 300' down Mt. Washington.
  • (2004) Jamie Dixon carries the 3rd best career coaches starting record in history (18-0) to a nationally televised game at UConn, losing by a single basket & ending his streak.
  • (2006) The Rocky Mountain News softens its 2 day old description of the city as "butt-ugly" after receiving outraged correspondence and local news mockery.
  • (2010) At the Isles, Penguins star Evgeni Malkin scores his 6th hat trick, his 2nd & the teams 5th of the season.
  • (2013) The Penguins resume play after the NHL lockout is resolved.
  • (2013) Donora's Stan Musial dies at 92.

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  • (1954) Powered by the world’s 1st atomic engine built by Westinghouse the USS Nautilus is launched after a First Lady christening.
  • (1957) Jackie Robinson visits City Hall as the guest of Mayor Lawrence.
  • (1963) The last Daylight Speedliner pulls out of the B&O station.
  • (1974) DA Duggan is charged with concealing campaign contributions, pressuring employees into donating & falsifying election records. Less than a month later he is found dead in his Ligonier country home.
  • (1979) The Steelers become the 1st to win 3 Super Bowls with MVP QB Terry Bradshaw setting the all time SB record for passing yards & tying the record for longest pass, the 1st to win both season & game MVPs. Dirt Winston in the 78 SB,going from an observer in a scrum for a fumble,then jumping in and somehow coming out with the football for a Steeler recovery. Kurt Gowdy mistakes the Terrible Towel for the "Dirty Towel" as Hollywood Henderson knocks down Bradshaw after an incompletion & the whistle to which Harris responds by ripping off a 22 yard TD run on the very next play.
  • (1980) Ohio v Kentucky is decided.
  • (1982) Tasso Katselas is awarded the $7.55 millioniadesign contract for the new Pittsburgh International terminal.
  • (1990) The Penguins host their 1st NHL ASG at the Igloo. The 1st to feature the annual NHL Skills Competition & the 1st NHL game on US-wide broadcast in a decade.
  • (1992) Bill Cowher is introduced as Steelers coach.
  • (1997) Patrick Lalime sets the NHL mark for wins to start a career at 16 with a Penguins 4-2 win v Calgary.
  • (1998) Gov. Ridge announces $78.1 millionia for the Pete.
  • (2002) The Steelers hand the Ravens the worse defending-Super-Bowl-champ-loss since 1983 in the AFC Divisional Round.
  • (2003) McKees Rocks' Catherine Knoll becomes Lt. Governor.
  • (2005) FNB incorporates its financial services division.
  • (2009) Highmark is officially rebuffed from buying Philadelphia's Blue Cross by the state due to monopoly fears.
  • (2015) Joe McCarthy, Mike McCarthy's brother former Assistant Attorney General dies at 47.

  • January 22

  • (1772) Cpt. Montour is buried at Ft. Pitt with full military honors as area Indians arrive to honor him while drinking $1318 £819.60ia of whiskey.
  • (1777) Arthur St. Clair is appointed Adj. Gen. of the US Army, the 1st of 4 from the area to receive the honor.
  • (1952) Mayor Lawrence is treated at the Eye Ear hospital after a hemmorage.
  • (1954) Westinghouse Radio Inc. rebrands as Westinghouse Broadcasting.
  • (1975) Penguins star Syl Apps is named MVP of the NHL ASG after scoring 2 goals.
  • (1980) Bruno Sammartino's former student Larry Zbyszko violently turns against him during a scientific wrestling exhibition on WWF's Championship Wrestling TV show. Shocked & hurt by the betrayal Bruno vows to make "Judas" Zbyszko pay dearly later in the year at Shea Stadium in what is considered the biggest feud in the northeast.
  • (1982) The Panthers get their first Big East win with a victory over Seton Hall.
  • (1986) Penguins star Mike Bullard scores a hat trick in Edmonton.
  • (1998) MARC USA reports expansion to Dallas, Tulsa and Orlando.
  • (2006) The Steelers are the 1st team in NFL history to win 9 road games in a season as they earn their 6th Super Bowl berth at Denver.
  • (2007) The Rooney family introduce Mike Tomlin as head coach, only the 3rd coach in the Steelers last 38 seasons.
  • (2009) Nemacolin Resort receives 5 star status, the only one in Pennsylvania & between the east coast & Chicago.
  • (2009) Highmark withdraws its merger of Independence Blue Cross.
  • (2012) Joe Paterno dies at 85.

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  • (1997) Mario Lemieux ties a NHL record, scoring 4 goals in 1 period, a 5-2 win at Montreal, his 42nd career hat trick, 2nd & teams 4th of the season.
  • (2001) A Lake Erie earthquake shakes the area.
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  • (2005) Ehud Barak visits Heinz Hall.
  • (2007) Mark Recchi scores his 500th goal, tying the game the Penguins will win in OT v Dallas.
  • (2011) Pittsburgh Tower clears a Republic flight for departure on the closed runway 10C five hours after maintenance started, before ordering an abort.
  • (2015) CMU wins $1 million prize.[3] as the city and region receive 140,000 of 2 new 3D cameras for emergency response.

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  • January 28

  • (1778) Cpt. Mason arrives at the Catfish Camp war council.
  • (1797) Shawnee chief Red Pole is buried in Trinity Churchyard.
  • (1820) The Panic of 1819 continues as the Gazette opines: "A number of individuals have...the idea of an Association [that] might serve to combine the relief with the useful employment of the poor".
  • (1852) After 7 years PNC operational.
  • (1891) Mammoth Mine's 107 victims are buried in Scottdale as 5,000 attend.
  • (1908) The 1st trade in hockey history occurs between the Pirates & Bankers in the WPHL.
  • (1922) A plan to allow a Liberty Tunnel trolley lane is rejected in favor of 2 lanes for "slow-moving horse drawn vehicles".
  • (1933) The elaborate speakeasy "Monaca Club" is raided by the Oakland police precinct across Forbes resulting in Sen. Coyne's brother being indicted for ownership.
  • (1944) Syria Mosque hosts the world premier for Leo Bernstien's Jeremiah.
  • (1962) Bill McKechnie elected to hall of fame.
  • (1967) Dir. George Kelly answers charges that his Parks Dept. is trapping animals at Round Hill Park to sell as national press & late night shows mock his: "No thats all wrong, it's the rabbits that are driving us goofy".
  • (1969) The Steelers draft Mean Joe Greene 4th overall.
  • (1968) Kiki Cuyler elected to hall of fame.
  • (1971) The Steelers draft Jack Ham.
  • (1981) The $490 millionia, 6 tower, PPG Place complex has its groundbreaking.
  • (1986) CMU alumnus Judith Resnik dies on the Challenger explosion.
  • (1989) At the Igloo v Detroit, Penguins star Rob Brown scores his 3rd hat trick of the season, the team's 8th.
  • (1996) Rod Woodson becomes the 1st NFL player to return the same season of an ACL injury as the Steelers lose Super Bowl XXX on O'Donnell's 2 interceptions to the 1st CB ever chosen Super Bowl MVP.
  • (2011) Patrice King Brown signs off for the last time with "Go Steelers!".
  • (2012) The 1st roof sections are collapsed on 51 year old Civic Arena.

  • (1981) The decade long corporate feud & intrigues between Westinghouse & Gulf Oil with accusations of cornering the nuclear energy markets is resolved with $71.8 millionia to Westinghouse at the Federal Courthouse. The battle proves to fatally wound both Fortune 100 corporations & within a generation both are swallowed by conglomerates (Chevron-Texaco & CBS/Siemens respectively) & removed from the city.
  • (1984) Busch Gardens holds open auditions at Duquesne University.
  • (1984) The 5th & last Pittsburgh Open closes at Mellon Park.
  • (1990) The region's 2nd Olive Garden opens in Greentree.
  • (2007) Mark Madden drives himself to the hospital after suffering a heart attack after a charity hockey game.
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  • January 31

  • (1899) The West End Carnegie Library opens.
  • (1902) The Biddle Boys & Mrs. Soffel are shot in Butler County.
  • (1907) Allegheny Energy is founded.
  • (1939) In its 30th year Diamond Alkali incorporates its sales division.
  • (1950) The Pirates sign high school ace Paul “The Wizard of Whiff” Pettit famous for pitching 6 no-hitters, buying his contract for a record $100‚000 from film producer Fred Stephani.
  • (1951) Big Poison Waner elected to hall of fame.
  • (1956) A B-25 Bomber from Nellis declares an emergency to Pittsburgh Air Base & ditches in the Monongahela. It is never recovered with contrary reports on how many crew survived spurring rumors of a secret military mission from UFOs to Howard Hughes.
  • (1958) Joe Hardy founds 84 Lumber 2 years after opening his first store.
  • (1959) The Pirates in a brilliant hot stove move get Harvey Haddix, Don Hoak & Smoky Burgess in a Reds trade.
  • (1968) Pittsburgh Coke & Chemical re-incorporates as Calgon Carbon.
  • (1968) At St. Louis, George Konik scores the Penguins 1st penalty shot.
  • (1969) The Panthers play native Pete Maravich's Tigers holding the Pistol well below his 44 points avg. during a season Pitt only wins 4 games.
  • (1971) Jake Beckley & Joe Kelley are elected to the hall of fame.
  • (1972) Treasury Secretary John Connally visits the Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting at the Hilton.
  • (1976) Al Lopez is elected to the hall of fame.
  • (1983) PennDOT opens a 4 day public meeting at the Convention Center to outline the $981 millionia I-279 & I-579 projects.
  • (1986) A Lake Erie earthquake shakes the area.
  • (1992) The Pirates break MLB records signing Barry Bonds to a 1 year $8.17 millionia contract.
  • (1992) Pipers great Connie Hawkins is inducted into the hall of fame.
  • (1996) MyCoupons.com launches as the world's first online coupon site and originator of the online coupon, coupon code and shopping web forum.
  • (1997) MARC USA reincorporates at Station Square.
  • (2002) Mt. Pleasant Glassworks, the 1st US hand-blown crystal glass factory is closed by Lenox.
  • (2004) Rosebud closes.
  • (2005) Ralph J. Cicerone's nomination as President of the National Academy of Sciences is ratified.
  • (2007) Paul Bremer visits Heinz Hall.
  • (2010) After 105 years UPMC Braddock closes.
  • (2011) PNC buys BankAtlantic Tampa area branches.
  • (2013) US Steel commissions a new $515 millionia upgrade to its 1,300 employee strong Clairton Works, the nation's largest coke factory.
  • (2013) Charlie Batch awarded Whizzer White award.
  • (2015) Jerome Bettis is voted into the NFL hall of fame as Pitt upsets #8 Notre Dame at the Pete 76-72.


  • February 1

  • (1902) The Biddle Brothers die from their wounds in Butler as Mrs. Soffel recovers.
  • (1915) US Steel announces it will hire 8,000 due to war demand.
  • (1929) The $75.8 millionia, 37 floor Grant Building topped by a Morse Code P-I-T-T-S-B-U-R-G-H beacon has its grand opening.
  • (1932) Police respond as 5 men rob a speakeasy/gambling hall at 5th & Pride.
  • (1963) Gov. Lawrence is sworn in as what is today the OFHEO director by President Kennedy.
  • (1969) WPGH begins broadcasting again after going dark for 15 years.
  • (1972) The Steelers draft their 5th hall of famer in 4 years, Franco Harris with the 13th overall pick.
  • (1975) PATrain begins service.
  • (1983) The Panthers rally to beat Chris Mullins #5 St. John's 72-71 as both Clyde Vaughn & Andre Williams score 24.
  • (1989) The Steelers cut hall of famer Mike Webster after 15 seasons.
  • (1998) The area is split from area code 412 as suburban counties are assigned 724.
  • (1999) Paul Mellon dies at 91 leaving $40 million to Carnegie Mellon University, $2.5 million to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, $1 million to Chatham University, and $500,000 to Latrobe Area Hospital.
  • (2004) The Port of Pittsburgh releases a study on the feasibility of the city as a multi-modal container port.
  • (2005) The Carnegie Library opens its Smithfield St. branch.
  • (2006) Koppers goes public.
  • (2007) Point Park's U-View TV goes on the air.
  • (2009) The Steelers become the 1st team to win 6 Super Bowls with the help of the longest interception return in Super Bowl history by James Harrison.
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  • February 6

  • (1884) A 36.5' flood strikes downtown.
  • (1890) Andrew Carnegie announces he will donate $26.3 millionia for the establishment of the Carnegie Library, Natural History Museum & Art Museum.
  • (1904) A Braddock freight train kills 2 passengers boarding a PRR train stopped at the station.
  • (1908) Sec. Taft approves plans for the Sewickley Bridge.
  • (1925) World news reports on global stations relaying KDKA shows as the station is tuned into as far as Australia.
  • (1936) The Panthers win their 1st Steel Bowl after 6 tries, beating the Dukes by a basket.
  • (1975) The NAACP & the Attorney General file suit against the Pittsburgh Police for discriminatory hiring.
  • (2000) Penguins star Jaromír Jágr is the world's 1st hockey player to get over a million All-Star votes.
  • (2004) Federal funds are approved for the North Shore Connector.
  • (2007) The Penguins beat Nashville 4-1 at the Igloo en route to their 1st playoff appearance after a 5 year drought, the last non-sellout for the team.
  • (2008) Shawn James scores the 1st triple double in Dukes history, a win v St. Joe's at Palumbo.
  • (2010) A blizzard makes travel impossible as Mayor Ravenstahl is trapped at 7 Springs for 2 days.
  • (2011) The Steelers appear in their record 8th Super Bowl & face native Mike McCarthy as the head coach of the 5 point victorious Packers.
  • (2013) A zipline is proposed from Mt. Washington to the Northshore.
  • (2014) The Wolfe sisters are last seen alive UPMC pediatrician and psychiatrist and Hillel Academy employee and sisters of Democratic Iowa Representative, discovered in their home with a single gun shot to the head, making world news.
  • (2014) Ralph Kiner dies.
  • (2015) Marc Andre Fluery gets back-to-back shutouts eclipsing Tom Barrasso's 1998 team record for his 8th of the season 4-0 at Calgary as both Crosby and Kunitz score 3 points.

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  • February 9

  • (1846) The Dispatch is founded; the paper will last 77 years and be the 1st professional home to native writer Nellie Bly (from 1880 to 1887).
  • (1933) A Castle Shannon miner discovers brass shavings in his sandwich after falling ill from his lunches in the last 2 weeks, a neighbor and fellow miner is arrested the next day.
  • (1942) Archaeologists excavating near the intersection of the Boulevard of the Allies and Liberty Avenue find what is believed to be part of the ramparts of Ft. Pitt.
  • (1946) After leading the NL in strikeouts for 1945 Preacher Roe sustains a concussion in a boys basketball game with his ERA falling by half the next season.
  • (1950) Sen. McCarthy visits Wheeling & 1st speaks of a communist conspiracy.
  • (1963) The body of a 7 year old boy that was missing for 3 days is recovered from the below freezing Ohio near Lighthill Street in the Northside.
  • (1966) The NHL announces that the Penguins will join the league as it doubles in size for the 1967-68 season.
  • (1971) Satchel Paige is elected to the baseball hall of fame.
  • (1972) After poor Civic Arena attendance the Condors play a home game at Uniontown but attract only 1,750.
  • (1973) Cass Elliott hosts the world premier of her Don't Call Me Mama Anymore at the Holiday House.
  • (1976) Oscar Charleston is elected to the baseball hall of fame.
  • (1983) Another industrial giant in the region feels the effects of deindustrialization, Mesta Machinery files bankruptcy along with layoffs and salary cuts.
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  • February 10

  • (1832) Waters flood to 38.2' causing damage downtown.
  • (1881) Before dawn an ice gorge sweeps away several barges on the Monongahela as well as destroying several dock facilities, the river crests at 28 feet and the ice gorge threatens dams near downtown.
  • (1933) A Castle Shannon miner is arrested for attempting to poison a fellow miner by placing brass shavings in his sandwich.
  • (1937) NLRB v J&L begins arguments.
  • (1967) After accepting the city for the 1st NHL expansion franchise, the ownership group formally begins the naming contest, citing the "Penguins" as the preferred choice.
  • (1975) Judy Johnson is elected to the hall of fame.
  • (1979) The Panthers win at #3 17-1 Duke by a last second Sam Clancy intercepted basket.
  • (1984) Kroger sells its 45 area supermarkets, firing all 2,845 striking workers.
  • (1988) 16,798 largest basketball crowd in city history to see #11 Syracuse upset the #5 Panthers in a Civic Arena 5 basket win.
  • (1990) Penguins star Rob Brown scores his 6th hat trick his 2nd & the teams 8th of the season v LA at the Igloo.
  • (2001) The Igloo crowd applauds as Alexei Kovalev records a 2nd hat-trick in as many games, this time a 5-4 OT win for the Penguins.
  • (2005) PNC buys Rigs.
  • (2007) Penguins star Jordan Staal scores a hat trick in Toronto.
  • (2010) Mia Farrow speaks at a visit to Heinz Hall.
  • (2011) Penguins coach Dan Bylsma notches his 100th win, the 5th fastest in history, with a win v LA at CONSOL.

  • (1944) USS LST-740 is laid down at Neville Island as USS LST-731 is launched.
  • (1960) Hugh Scott blasts Democrats against Nixon on a William Penn visit.
  • (1983) An east coast blizzard has downtown slowed to a crawl under 3' of snow.
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  • (1985) Penguins star Mario Lemieux is the 1st & still only rookie named the MVP of the All-Star Game after scoring 2 goals & an assist in Calgary.
  • (1997) The Panthers stun #18 Villanova 95-89 rallying back down 7 with minutes to go at Fitzgerald. Vonteego Cummings scores 26 as Jason Maile scores 40 & sets a school-record with 8 threes, hitting all 8 of his shots in the 2nd, including 6 threes.
  • (2002) The Convention Center--closed for a redesign-- has a girder fail, killing a construction worker.
  • (2004) The ICA is formed.
  • (2011) The Heinz History Center conducts 2 hour bus tours tracing Lincoln's route in the city, 150 years after his arrival, marking his birthday.
  • (2012) Nemacolin Resort's 15,0002' ski lodge is destroyed by fire.
  • (2013) TVNC names the market as the nation's most competitive, with a very discerning viewer base & all 3 affiliates having deep roots. "News teams do exceptionally good jobs, giving viewers three viable options, all backed by owners willing to invest." Concluding that: "If you want to push yourself to be the best broadcaster, then Pittsburgh is where you need to work."
  • (2013) The FBI & IRS serve subpoenas at Police Headquarters for Credit Union documents.
  • (2014) The #23 Panthers lose on a last second buzzer beater by #1 Syracuse at the Pete 58-56.
  • (2014) CMU & Yahoo $10 million.
  • (2014) AJ Burnett signs with Philadelphia after commenting on radio in October that he will stay in Pittsburgh.

  • February 13

  • (1868) Ft. Pitt Foundry incorporates.
  • (1890) The Northside branch of the Carnegie Library is completed.
  • (1923) Henry Ford visits to announce the establishment his Pittsburgh works.
  • (1949) The commonwealth purchases 13 acres from the PRR to establish Point State Park.
  • (1963) 11 days after a time out gaffe erases a last second Roman basket & allows WVU the win 68-67 at Fitzgerald, the Panthers win at WVU 69-68 after Brian Generalovich & Gale Catlett are both ejected.
  • (1964) Alcoa foundation incorporates.
  • (1968) Compunetix incorporates.
  • (1970) The Panthers rout Syracuse 127-108 at Fitzgerald for the programs all time high score as 3 players score more than 20 pts.
  • (1974) Cool Papa Bell is elected to the hall of fame.
  • (1982) A cougar named Tom-Tom on a Lincoln-Mercury display mauls a 9 year old boy at the convention center before being shot to death by police.
  • (1991) The Shriners get an offer of $18.1 millionia for the Syria Mosque.
  • (1996) Bell Atlantic is the 1st of the "baby bells" to announce interstate long distance service.
  • (2005) Nancy Wilson's album RSVP recorded entirely at the Craftmen's Guild wins the Grammy.
  • (2005) Bill Cowher breaks the NFL record with 4 Pro Bowl wins--held by his predecessor Chuck Noll--as Steelers trainer Ariko Iso is the 1st female and asian to work a Pro Bowl in the latest NFL game in history.
  • (2007) Native & Pitt alumnus Beth Ostrosky is engaged to Howard Stern.
  • (2008) Sen. Specter meets with NFL Commissioner Goodell on the destroyed Patriots spygate tapes, again alleging that it cost the Steelers 2 AFC titles.
  • (2011) receives Einstein prize.
  • (2013) As news leaks of a Heinz deal worth $33 billionia with Warren Buffett, US Airways finalizes it's $11.3 billionia American Airlines merger after market close.
  • (2014) During the season's 2nd polar vortex, an oil freight train derails 15 cars on 1st Street in Vandergrift.

  • February 14

  • (1824) Albert Gallatin nominated for Vice President.
  • (1861) Abraham Lincoln visits the North Side.
  • (1887) The Pittsburgh Keystones are founded as one of the original Negro League franchises.
  • (1901) National Union Fire Insurance registers for business.
  • (1917) The Press reports that City Hall completion will be delayed due to striking electricians.
  • (1923) The Dispatch--home of Nellie Bly--closes after 77 years.
  • (1931) Mellon Securities incorporates.
  • (1948) Squirrel Hill Tunnel construction claims 2 workers lives.
  • (1948) Bobo Rockefeller weds.
  • (1950) City Hall announces the demolition of downtown's People's Gas Building to make way for the $39.4 millionia 2 level Mellon Square.
  • (1956) The Monongahela search for a B-25 Bomber from Nellis is called off.
  • (1960) Eleanor Roosevelt flies to Pittsburgh International but is routed to Columbus & forced to bus in as a blizzard hits the area.
  • (1974) At Fitzgerald the Panthers win their 20th straight game, tying the 1928 title team.
  • (1983) Mesta Machinery incorporates its international division.
  • (1984) Dr. Starzl performs the world's 1st simultaneous liver & heart transplant operation on a child, 6-year-old Stormie Jones at Children's.
  • (1987) The #10 Panthers get their 21st win of the season & 8th straight conference win rallying back to force 2OT before beating Boston College all without star Charles Smith.
Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
  • February 16

  • (1861) Lincoln closes his visit, leaving by train to D.C.
  • (1903) US Steel completes $1.23 billionia buyout of Mellon's Union Steel.
  • (1935) In what may be the longest basketball game in history, the clock stops in the 4th at Notre Dame as the Panthers use it to rally from 10 behind, scoring the game winner in the last second, prompting Irish coach George Keogan to grab the clock, throwing it across the court.
  • (1940) Pitt dedicates its $352,146ia Polish Nationality Room at the Cathedral of Learning.
  • (1947) The Hornets tie their 3rd franchise 0-0 game, all v Buffalo, the last 2 in the past month.
  • (1948) On the 1st day of a taxi strike an Owl Cabbie shoots a Yellow Cabbie downtown.
  • (1952) Pirates coach Honus Wagner retires after 55 years in baseball.
  • (1954) The Dukes are ranked #1 for the 1st time in both the AP & UPI polls.
  • (1974) The Panthers break a 47 year old school record for most consecutive wins with their 21st of the season.
  • (1977) Louis Mason Jr., the city's 1st African American Council President announces his resignation after 7 years.
  • (1983) In the 2nd largest real estate buy in the region's history US Steel sells the new Mellon Center to a partnership.
  • (1984) Tony Dungy promoted to coordinator.
  • (1988) Vocelli's Pizza incorporated.
  • (1989) RMU beats Wagner at the Jay Center to win its 4th regular season conference title.
  • (1995) Penguins star Luc Robitaille scores a 4 goal hat trick v Hartford at the Igloo.
  • (1996) The inbound Capitol Limited collides with a MARC Train near D.C., killing 11.
  • (1996) Wheaties introduces their Negro Leagues box featuring only Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, all Pittsburgh stars.
  • (2006) Mellon passes on a merger with BlackRock (majority owned by PNC) while Merrill Lynch buys a majority of the firm months before news breaks that Mellon was in advanced talks to buy Merrill.
  • (2009) The #4 Panthers get their 1st win over a #1 team, 76-68 at UConn.

  • February 19

  • (1803) After nearly 100 years, the frontier era ends for the city as Congress recognizes the new state of Ohio.
  • (1866) Gen. Sweeny holds a convention in the city, approving an invasion of Canada.
  • (1875) With the area's coal & steel growth in its immature height, the Weather Bureau reports that the city was dark until after 11 AM, with streetlights burning for illumination.
  • (1959) Pittsburgh Police arrest 13 in a raid on numbers boss and mob leader Tony Grosso's office. It wouldn't be until 1986 that the "boss" would be incarcerated for his mob leadership that at its height was 5,000 strong and earning $246 millionia.
  • (1968) Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premieres nationwide after 3 seasons on the CBC & 1 season in the Northeast.
  • (1976) At the Igloo v Toronto, Penguins star Jean Pronovost scores his 3rd hat trick
  • (1977) At Toronto, Penguins star Pierre Larouche scores his 4th hat trick.
  • (1983) Clyde Vaughan scores a game-high 22 points as the Panthers rally with 4 minutes left over Patrick Ewing's #14 Georgetown at Fitzgerald.
  • (1992) The Penguins trade Paul Coffey to LA as they acquire Tochett & Wreggett for Rechhi to Philadelphia.
  • (1995) Luc Robitaille scores his 400th & 401st career goals in a 3-3 tie v Buffalo at the Igloo.
  • (2007) Penguins star Ryan Malone scores a hat trick at the Islanders.
  • (2010) The last Texas-deck stern-wheeler, the Showboat Becky Thatcher, sinks in a vicious winter storm while docked at her home port of Neville Island.
  • (2011) The 1st annual "Runnin out of our Mine" 5 k race is held in Wampum.
  • (2012) The Yankees trade AJ Burnett to the Pirates.
  • (2013) FNB buys Parkview for $110 millionia.

  • February 22

  • (1788) Christian Linhart, Jr. homesteads 150 acres east of the city.
  • (1849) An ad in the Gazette announces the opening of the flagship Joseph Horne Company at 63 Market Street in downtown.
  • (1856) The 1st ever Republican national convention is gaveled in downtown for a 2 day meeting formally founding the national party.
  • (1890) An Adamsburg miner who salvages a stick of damp dynamite causes a massive explosion after he dries it in his oven, with "flying missiles" killing himself and 4 others near his home.
  • (1892) President Hayes visits to honor Washington's "loyal legion".
  • (1944) The 3rd USS Pittsburgh is launched by the Navy for service in World War II.
  • (1950) In HUAC testimony FBI undercover agent Matt Cvetic, places the number of Communist party members in Western Pennsylvania at 550 and lists several city organizations as "fronts."
  • (1975) The Penguins win their record setting 20th straight home game at the Igloo.
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  • (2011) FW DeClerk visits Pitt.

  • February 26

  • (1862) The 13-year-old PFw&C RR, which inaugurated the first train service west of the region, is fully absorbed by its parent, the PRR.
  • (1915) The $245 millionia Mellon Institute on the campus of CMU is dedicated.
  • (1948) The PRR announces a $47.7 millionia transit depot outside of downtown near Penn Station.
  • (1951) The Panthers close the Pitt Pavilion with a Backyard Brawl win after 27 seasons, 2 national titles (1928 and 1930), 3 national title contending teams (1928, '30 & '35) & 4 Eastern Conference title teams, as well as Pitt's 1941 Final Four team.
  • (1957) PennDOT places the $366 millionia Crosstown Blvd. project as part of the interstate system, which will eventually become I-579.
  • (1975) Penguins star Jean Pronovost scores a hat trick against v Washington at the Igloo.
  • (1980) Cyclops Steel announces it has purchased electronics chain Silo for $114 millionia.
  • (1982) After a high of 63 stores with 2,500 employees, 46 year old Thorofare announces it will sell its remaining 43 grocery stores to Fox Grocery/Foodland.
  • (1984) The Pittsburgh Maulers play their first USFL game, a loss at Oklahoma.
  • (1996) PittsburghPenguins.com goes online.
  • (2002) The Panthers clinch a division title with an OT win at Seton Hall.
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  • (1943) USS LST-263 is launched at Ambridge.
  • (1948) Pie Traynor elected to the hall of fame as its 1st 3rd baseman.
  • (1980) Steelers Super Bowl MVP Terry Bradshaw holds a product launch press conference at the Hilton after filming a TV commercial for "Terry's Creamy Peanut Butter" with "Joyce".
  • (1982) RMU beats St. Francis at the Jay Center to win its first regular season conference title.
  • (1985) Rand McNally's places rated almanac names Pittsburgh its top city; it will be the first of two such honors.
  • (1991) The University of Pittsburgh announces $90.6 millionia for its main campus.
  • (2004) Vice President Cheney visits an Arnold Palmer Airport rally.
  • (2008) Longtime Steelers broadcaster Myron Cope dies.

Air Force One
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  • (1994)

British Prime Minister John Major becomes the twenty-fifth foreign leader to visit the city for a "summit" with President Clinton, on Mount Washington at the Tin Angel & the Duquesne Incline as well as at Station Square.

Air Force One
  • (2001) President Bush visits suburban Beaver.
  • (2014) The county sells its health department building for $4.9 million for the promise of a $30 million condo/hotel development.

  • February 29

  • (1916) The International Indoor Skating Championship "races" are held in the city.
  • (1940) David O. Selnick's Gone With the Wind sweeps the Oscars, claiming 8, including Best Picture, with the 1st ever award for Best Cinematography and the 1st ever African American to win an Oscar.
  • (1956) The Wall Street Journal leads the story of President Eisenhower's decision to seek re-election by reporting it from the reactions at the Duquesne Club in downtown.
  • (1984) The $69.7 billionia in revenue Gulf Oil Corporation shocks the local economy by formally soliciting bidders to buy the company after months of fighting off T. Boone Pickens, signaling that the city will most probably lose its largest corporate headquarters.
  • (1988) The Dukes play their last Civic Arena home game, a one basket loss to St. Bonaventure.
  • (1992) RMU wins its regular season conference title at Long Island.
  • (2004) Syracuse ends the Panthers' 40 game home win streak by a single basket, 34 games in a row to open the Pete, 3rd best in NCAA history.
  • (2008) Steelers announcer Myron Cope is laid to rest as great Buddy Dial dies at 71.


  • March 2

  • (1901) The Western District of Pennsylvania courts and Federal District Attorney splits off the easternmost counties to a newly formed Middle District to be based in Harrisburg.
  • (1947) St. Louis defeats the Hornets, 8–4, to end an AHL record 19-game unbeaten streak.
  • (1953) Gwilym Price is honored on the cover of Time.
  • (1969) City Hall is rocked by news that 2 outsiders, Pete Flaherty & now John Tabor, will run for mayor.
  • (1978) Interstate truckers stage a protest on I-70, halting traffic for several hours south of the city to draw attention to the need for road improvements.
  • (1978) The Civic Arena opens as host for the 3 day Eastern 8 Tournament, its first of five straight seasons hosting.
  • (1979) For the 2nd time in 2 years, the 70-year-old Sewickley Bridge closes for emergency repairs.
  • (1980) Islanders set an NHL record for most consecutive scoreless ties as they play the Penguins at the Igloo.
  • (1982) The Panthers beat WVU at the Civic Arena for their 2nd straight conference title and first 20-win season in 8 years.
  • (1982) Amtrak's Capitol Limited adds McKeesport station as a stop.
  • (1987) The new $34.1 millionia Clairton-Glassport Bridge opens, replacing the 60-year-old span.
  • (1988) The 4 day Remaking Cities Conference opens at the convention center.
  • (1989) Suburban Robert Morris University opens as host for its 2nd straight Northeast Conference basketball finals.
  • (1993) Global media descend on the city as defending champion Christopher Bowman is treated at Mercy Hospital in the early morning after Pittsburgh Police report he was assaulted at a Hill District motel.
  • (1998) Native Henry Steele Commager, the world renowned prominent historian, dies at 95.
  • (2002) #10 Panthers team plays the last game at the 51-year-old Fitzgerald, in a Backyard Brawl win in which 11 Panthers score and Julis Page gets 23. A pregame ceremony features all living lettermen.
  • (2013) RMU finishes its season as regular season conference champions with a win at Central Connecticut.
  • (2014) Porky Chedwick dies at 96.

  • March 4

  • (1681) The word "Pennsylvania" is 1st used as the King signs the charter for Sylvania applied for by William Penn, King James II amends it to read Pennsylvania.
  • (1825) For the 3rd time Albert Gallatin is offered the Treasury Secretary position-he declines.
  • (1841) Thomas Ewing becomes Treasury Secretary.
  • (1861) All papers hurridly publish extras with the Gazette: "There is no bravado, no irritating threats ... yet no language could more distinctly & emphatically declare his purpose, faithfully to execute the laws and maintain the Union in its integrity ..."
  • (1869) The Pittsburgh Legal Journal begins publication, one of the 1st dozen in the world & the 1st west of the Atlantic Plain.
  • (1869) James G. Blaine starts his 7-year tenure as Speaker of the House.
  • (1921) The 1st broadcast of a presidential inauguration is on-the-air from KDKA, along with Andrew Mellon appointed Treasury Secretary.
  • (1923) Native industrialist Alexander Moore is appointed Ambassador to Spain.
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  • March 7

  • (1786) James Myers homesteads 295 acres.
  • (1881) Sen. Blaine is appointed Secretary of State for the 1st of 2 tenures.
  • (1901) Pandamonium hits City Hall as the state enacts the "ripper" bill ousting Mayor Diehl & appointing unelected "Recorder" Brown.
  • (1910) Westmoreland Coal strikers vote to unionize.
  • (1916) A Connellsville rail yard "vat roof" collapses, drowning 4 B&O workers in boiling water & injuring several others.
  • (1918) The $18.5 millionia Warner Theater has its grand opening, built on the site of the city's original Opera House it will be deemed a historic landmark.
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Air Force One
  • (2005) President Bush & the First Lady visit CACC's main Northside campus.
  • (2010) The Colonials beat Mt. St. Marys at Sewall to qualify for their 9th conference tournament title game.
  • (2012) The 'Le Magnifect' statute of Mario Lemieux is unveiled outside CONSOL.
  • (2014) $25 million multi-year commitment to support youth athletic programs including donations to local sports teams and the launch of the DICK'S Foundation's "Sports Matter" initiative.
  • (2014) 1 of 3 missing Americans Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Mei Ling Chng, of South Park a process engineer at the Monongahela location of Flexsys America.

Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
Pitt 1928 National Championship team
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Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
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Soviet flag
Mexican flag
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Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
Palumbo Center
The original Ferris Wheel
Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
  • (1992) At Detroit, Penguins star Mario Lemieux scores his 1,000th point--the 2nd fastest to ever reach the milestone.
  • (2000) RAND announces that the city will be the site of its new eastern home beating out Miami & Minneapolis among others, staffing 200 at its CMU offices.
  • (2006) Downtown makes world news & late night comedy as police shutdown streets & evacuate over what turns out to be a maintenance man shooting pigeons with a BB gun.
  • (2010) Dr. Mike Emrick, who started his broadcast career in the city, announces his historic 3,000th game, a national telecast of his hometown Penguins at Detroit.
  • (2012) The Cathedral of Learning is evacuated for the 3rd time in 2 weeks because of a bomb threat.
  • (2014) Cody Wydo gets a hat trick to help the Colonials beat Canisus 7-4 in their 3rd conference title game in 8 seasons, to qualify for their 1st Frozen Four.

Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
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Carnegie Library
Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
  • March 31

  • (1836) The Monongahela Navigation Company is chartered to construct locks & dams.
  • (1903) A Braddock steel mill furnace explodes, killing 8.
Daylight Savings Time
Yugoslav Nationality Room
  • (1992) Westinghouse's WE.com goes online.
  • (2001) PNC Park hosts its 1st game & 1st sellout as the Pirates play the Mets in an exhibition.
  • (2002) After 2 weeks of Operation Shutdown Derek Bell is officially released by the Pirates and retires from baseball.
  • (2003) The Pirates win 10-1 behind homers from Reggie Sanders, Kenny Lofton & Jason Kendall, all banged in a 6 run 2nd to win the 1st MLB game at Great American Ballpark.
  • (2008) The Pirates win at Atlanta, 12-11 in 12 with 17 hits. Damaso Marte & Matt Capps blow a 9-4 9th inning lead, capped by a fly ball dropping between Jason Bay & Nate McLouth with 2 outs to tie the score. Pittsburgh reclaimed the lead in the top of the 12th on Xavier Nady 3-run homer, but Atlanta almost tied it again with 2 runs before Franquelis Osario nailed down the save.
  • (2012) The last panels are removed in the demolition of the 51 year old Igloo.
  • (2014) Tim Kurkjian tweets: "I just walked over the Roberto Clemente Bridge into PNC Park on Opening Day. Seriously, who is the luckiest man on earth?"


  • (1954) WQED, begins broadcasting as the nation's 1st community-sponsored station & the city's 5th.
  • (1956) TWA 400 from Pittsburgh International crashes minutes after takeoff, killing 22.
  • (1969) Pittsburgh International announces $20.4 millionia in upgrades to its French Cafe, Aloha Bar, Cafeteria, Kilti Bar, Fountain Room & Horizon Restaurant along with 100 new hotel rooms & refurbished lobby.
  • (1979) The Pirate Parrot debuts in a Three Rivers "hatching".
  • (1984) In the season finale 1-2 loss to Isles at Igloo Mike Bullard comes in 7th for Rocket Richard with 51 (5 away from 2nd to Gretzky's 87) as Gary Rissling comes in 3rd for penalty minutes.
  • (1985) After a contentious merger/buyout by Chevron facilitated by T. Boone Pickens, locally based Gulf Oil announces the gift of Gulf Labs to Pitt.
  • (1987) The Pirates trade Tony Peña to St. Louis for Andy Van Slyke, Mike LaValliere & Mike Dunne, the core would qualify for 3 straight NLCS' in the 1990s while Van Slyke thought it an April Fool's Day joke.
  • (1993) Penguins star Rick Tocchet scores a hat-trick v Hartford at the Igloo, the teams 7th of the season.
  • (1996) CMU's Lycos goes public at $16/share before reaching $29.25 before the close ($24.85 & $45.42 today).
Phipps Conservatory
General Ridgway
  • (1945) Gen. Ridgway is honored on the cover of Time.
  • (1949) Pittsburgh Police respond to a riot after 250 communist party members are provoked by an angry Northside crowd.
  • (1950) The Carnegie opens its model display of the CLO's proposed "umbrella dome".
  • (1963) A panel of scientists & engineers announced that the city was ready for a complete rapid transit system & had a "golden opportunity for new industrial growth in the area."
  • (1970) Zoo president Edward Magee addresses a William Penn conference along with Rani the 8 month old elephant, 2 lambs, a snapping turtle, donkey, llama & eagle.
  • (1987) Mellon Financial announces its 1st ever quarterly loss & dividend reduction after huge losses in American oil & Brazil loans.
Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
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  • April 4

  • (1894) Hundreds of unemployed, known as Coxey's Army, march through the city en route to Washington to protest the Panic of 1893.
  • (1899) The Duquesne Brewing Company is founded in the city.
  • (1900) Alcoa agrees to a 12% pay raise & reduced Sunday hours for New Kensignton workers as the week long strike ends.
  • (1921) The PRR has a conference with 3 unions in the city.
  • (1979) The Westmoreland Volkswagen Plant, the 1st foreign plant in the U.S., announces that 3,500 will be laid off due to the economy and oil embargo.
  • (1980) First Lady Carter visits suburban Latrobe & Jeannette, where she takes a factory tour of employee-owned Jeanette Sheet Glass Company.
  • (1987) Mayor Caliguiri seeks funding for a major expansion of the 6-year-old convention center, increasing its exhibit space by 50% & doubling its meeting space; the proposal will wait another decade before groundbreaking.
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  • (1991) The world mourns as popular long time U.S. Senator H. John Heinz III dies in a plane crash outside of Philadelphia.
  • (2000) Christina Aguilera sings the national anthem as 54,399 attend the last home opener for Three Rivers as Jason Schmidt loses to Houston 5-2.
  • (2004) Penguins finish as the worst team in the NHL with a 4-3 win at Washington which beats them by 1 point for the worst record.
  • (2007) The Pirates sweep an opening season 3 game set for the 1st time since 1991, winning 5-4 at Houston behind Tom Gorzelanny with Jose Bautista getting 3 hits & 3 RBIs.
Shooting victim memorial in Oakland
  • April 6

  • (1818) The city's 1st bank robbers take $1.48 millionia in notes & a $44,443.75ia 1790 Congressional gold medal presented to the Farmers & Mechanics bank clerks' grandfather Gen. Morgan.
  • (1845) The Church of Christ has its founding conference in the city.
  • (1864) The city headquartered command of the Dept. of the Monongahela is disbanded.
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  • (1909) World press announce that Adm. Peary is the 1st to reach the North Pole.
  • (1914) A "desperate battle between Home Rulers & anti-Home Rulers" in Woods Run tonight, "Patsy" Brannigan, a well-known boxer, was badly beaten with his brother, & 4 others arrested. The Brannigan brothers, who are ardent Home Rulers. When several Ulster sympathizers took issue ... soon all the residents in the immediate neighborhood became involved.
  • (1920) The 1st US Hockey team leaves its founding site of Duquesne Gardens for the 1920 Olympics.
  • (1942) 300,000 turn out to honor 35,000 "Army Day" downtown parade marchers.
  • (1960) US Steel founds its Communications Company.
  • (1973) 51‚695 fill Three Rivers Stadium as Roberto Clemente's number is retired as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat St. Louis‚ 7-5‚ with a 5 run rally with 2 outs in the 8th a Richie Hebner double & Gene Clines triple.
  • (1982) The Pirates home opener is cancelled due to blizzard conditions.
  • (1983) Mellon completes its $539 millionia purchase of Girard, becoming the nation's 12th largest.
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Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
Evgeni Malkin Credit:Michael Miller
  • (1944) USS LST-740 is launched at Neville Island.
  • (1952) President Truman orders all steel mills seized to avoid strikes.
  • (1957) CMU begins a $226 millionia expansion.
  • (1968) The Pirates vote to not play today's season opener nor the next day's game to show respect for MLK due to his assassination, all MLB ends up canceling today's games.
  • (1969) The Pirates go a NL opening-day record 14 innings beating St. Louis 6-2, tying their own 1958 record.
  • (1970) The city's 1st NHL playoff game since 1927 sees the Penguins win 2-1 at the Igloo v California.
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Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
  • (1993) Mario Lemieux scores his 3rd 5-goal game & Joe Mullen gets a hat trick as the Penguins set the record for the longest NHL win streak with their 16th straight, a 10–4 win v the Rangers the teams 8th & 9th hat tricks of the season.
  • (1999) Pirates ace Kris Benson beats Chicago as the 1st #1 pick to win his 1st NL game, the MLB's 1st in 25 seasons & 2nd overall.
  • (2000) In the season finale the Penguins lose at Boston 1-3 as Jagr secures his Art Ross 2 points ahead of Pavel Bure and finishes 3rd in assists 9 behind Mark Rechhi.
  • (2001) The Pirates open PNC Park with a loss to the Reds, as news that Hall of Famer & World Series MVP Willie Stargell has died.
  • (2007) UPMC announces it will move HQ operations to the US Steel Tower.
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  • April 10

  • (1806) The Forks of the Ohio flood to 37.1'.
  • (1845) A 2nd & Ferry icehouse fire rages into the Great Fire of 1845 burning 20 blocks--a 3rd of the city--destroying 985 buildings, causing over $203 millionia in damage.
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  • (1924) Cal Rodgers, the 1st man to fly trans-continent & a city native, is announced as the namesake for the county's 1st airport.
  • (1928) World press report the city's US Courthouse uncovering KKK influence in the Niles, Ohio riots & infiltration in the Ohio county's police.
  • (1928) Council debates a bill to spend $102,170ia to win hosting rights to the National Balloon races.
  • (1938) The annual NFL Rules Conference meets in the city with George Halas presiding.
  • (2005) Pitt hosts a celebration of 50 years of Dr. Salk's polio vaccine.
  • (2006) National press spotlight the city as only 100 come out to protest for immigration reform.
  • (2006) Michael Keaton throws out the 1st pitch at the PNC Park opener v the Dodgers, commenting about ownership: "I fear they will take advantage of the good will of the people who continue to show up. For my money, that's disrespectful. At some point, you have to write the check.”
  • (2007) Romoff announces plans to UPMC US Steel tower.

  • April 11

  • (1713) The Treaty of Utrecht removes French forces from Ontario & Erie shores.
  • (1907) 20,000 attend as Andrew Carnegie dedicates CMU with a $158 millionia gift.
  • (1912) “Pirates” is officially adopted for uniforms, displayed in capital letters down the jersey’s button lapel, replacing the old PBC (Pittsburgh Baseball Club) during a home opening loss to St. Louis.
  • (1921) The world's 1st sports broadcast--a 10 round boxing match--goes on the air from Motor Square Garden via KDKA.
Mario Lemieux Credit:Tony McCune
  • April 12

  • (1861) Messengers "running hither & thither, keeping up communications with the various printing offices, the telegraph office, & other sources of correct information." as Ft. Sumter news shocks the city with dispatches read between plays at the Wood St. Theater. "At the close, a patriotic individual arose in the audience, exclaiming, 'I'm a Democrat! But three cheers for Maj. Anderson!"
  • (1867) The Monongahela Incline charters.
  • (1867) Bill Bullock dies during an operation after one of his own inventions crushes his leg.
  • (1873) The $3 millionia USS Marietta is sold out of the navy.
  • (1900) A 4 floor brick building at 2nd & Wood collapses burying several as rescue crews recover 3 dead & 6 injured.
  • (1927) Lloyd Waner makes his Pirate debut in left field for the Pirates. His brother Paul, was in right field in the Bucs' 2–1 win at Cincinnati.
  • (1935) The Monongahela House, home to several Presidents & other dignitaries, as well as the founding convention of the Republican Party, closes for the last time.
  • (1937) The Pirates and White Sox played an exhibition game with a new “dead ball” the league was experimenting.
  • (1937) The landmark NLRB v. J&L Steel is decided.
  • (1945) President Roosevelt dies as wives at the William Penn's ballroom burst into tears as buses & trolleys pause for a moment of silence & many businesses close.
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  • (2009) Ambridge's Rader family receive a call from the White House that their dog's son Bo is the new "First Dog".
  • (2009) With runners on the move from 1st & 2nd, the Reds' Edwin Encarnacion's soft liner liner to Pirates' SS Jack Wilson was turned into a triple play (Wilson-Sanchez-LaRoche), the Bucs' 1st since 1993.
  • (2011) PittMoss incorporates.

  • April 13

  • (1869) George Westinghouse receives his rail air brake patent.
  • (1904) The 11 floor beaux-arts domed $21.1 millionia Wabash Station opens at the Point.
  • (1916) Pirates ace Babe Adams pitches a 1 hitter at St. Louis.
  • (1934) Norvelt is dedicated as the 4th NIRA community.
  • (1935) The city's 2nd DAR chapter is founded.
  • (1935) Going for its 3rd national title in 7 seasons & coming off its 4th straight Eastern Conference Crown, the Panthers lose by just 2 baskets to LSU in the American Legion national title game in Atlantic City.
  • (1953) Perle Mesta retires after 4 years as Ambassador to Luxembourg.
  • (1954) Curt Roberts makes his MLB debut during the season opener at Forbes Field to became the Pirates 1st African American player in a 4-2 win v Philadelphia as he hits a triple, for the franchises' 11th straight home opener win & 1st season started at home in 61 years.
  • (1963) Pete Rose gets his 1st hit as the Pirates set a MLB record of 7 balks (with Bob Friend committing 4) in a loss at Cincinnati.
  • (1976) In a 14-4 win v St. Louis at TRS the Pirates get 13 hits & 12 walks. The Cobra homers & posts 5 RBIs as Al Oliver gets 3 hits & 3 RBIs and Manny Sanguillen had the only 3-walk game of his career and scores 3 times.
  • (1980) Ethel Kennedy visits with Michelle Madoff at Blarney Stone in Etna.
  • (1982) QUBE makes Pittsburgh the world's 1st with more than 80 channels & the world's 3rd wired city as Christopher Reeve visits & Mayor Caliguri goes interactive with 519 responding on the $107 millionia system.
  • (1984) Terry Hart lands the Challenger after an 8 day mission.
  • (1986) Among the world's 1st all-sports local channels & the city's 10th station, RootSports goes on the air with Mike Lange's 1st baseball announcing: a Pirates 8–0 win v the Cubs at Three Rivers.
  • (1991) Back-up goalie Frank Pietrangelo makes a diving grab for "the Save", salvaging a 4-3 Game 6 win & forcing a 1st round game 7 as the Penguins march to their 1st Stanley Cup.
  • (1992) Penguins resume play after the NHL strike.
  • (1995) CMU launches Lycos.
  • (2012) The Jordan Brown verdict is handed down.
  • (2013) ESPN globally televises the Frozen Four final from CONSOL as Yale wins its 1st title.

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  • (1863) The world's 1st printing press to use a continuous web or roll of paper & 1st built especially for curved stereotype plates is patented by William Bullock.
  • (1920) The world's 1st modern baseball glove, named for native Bill Doak debuts as the Pirates win with the world's 1st foreign born MLB manager: George Gibson, 5–4 at St. Louis.
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  • (1925) WGN broadcasts its 1st game as Grover Alexander beat the Pirates on Opening Day, 8-2.
  • (1938) Using the same gold-plated shovel that started the grading of Grant's Hill, Mayor Scully breaks ground for the $16.5 millionia Buhl Planetarium.
  • (1941) A strike is averted when J&L & US Steel agree to a $1.69ia hourly increase for 240,000 steelers.
  • (1945) As FDR is buried most city shops close, with buses & trolleys pausing for moments of silence as the Trinity Cathedral holds a simultaneous funeral service & The Palm Beach Story's "Nothing is permanent, except for Roosevelt" continues to play on the Northside.
  • (1948) The rivers flood to 29'6".
  • (1968) Pirates ace Jim Bunning is the 1st since Cy Young to get 1,000 Ks in both leagues.
  • (1979) The Penguins & Buffalo combine to set the current NHL record of fastest 2 playoff goals at only 5 seconds.
  • (1980) VP Mondale visits a Washington Courthouse rally & makes world news in an attack on Sen. Kennedy.
  • (1980) The Pirates get their World Series rings during the opener at Three Rivers.
  • (1983) President Reagan is asked at the White House if job seeker Ron Bricker--who handed Reagan take his resume during a recent Pittsburgh trip--& other laid off steelers got jobs.
  • (1988) The 31 floor, $208 millionia Fifth Avenue Place is dedicated.
  • (1993) The Penguins NHL record 17-game win streak ends with a 6-6 tie at New Jersey, continuing their unbeaten streak, as Lemuiex runs away with the Art Ross trophy leading Pat LaFontaine by 12 and losing the goal title by only 7 to Mogilny & Selanne (who tie for 1st).
  • (1996) At Boston, in the Penguins last regular-season game Jaromír Jágr's 2 assists sets the NHL record for points (149) & assists (87) in a season by any European & any right wing as Lemuiex wins the Rocket Richard with 69 goals.
  • (1997) Jay Apt is named director of the Carnegie Museum.
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  • April 15

  • (1803) Rev. Harris visits, recording that the city is getting its water supply from the rivers despite boasting numerous--tho coal stained--springs.
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  • (1861) News of Ft. Sumter's surrender 2 days prior hits as the Gazette announces a Judge Wilkins presided City Hall meeting to discuss "...men who sympathize with the rebels & traitors of the South & quietly cackle over the disgrace which robbery & treason have brought upon the flag of our glorious country! Such men, thank heaven, are very few in this community."
  • (1876) The Pirates play their 1st game, the city's 1st pro game, in the minor International League.
  • (1912) The Titantic sinks, as among those bound for the area: 6 drown & 8 survive.
  • (1921) At Cincinnati, Pirates ace Chief Yellow Horse makes his debut as the 1st full-blooded Native American in MLB.
  • (1947) The Hornets lose the decisive 7th game of the Calder Cup finals at Hershey, their 2nd of 7 trips to the finals.
  • (1952) The Pirates become the 1st MLB team mandated to wear batting helmets, a loss at St. Louis.
  • (1958) The Pirates beat the Braves 4-3 in 14, tying the longest opening day game in the NL & longest in 32 MLB seasons.
  • (1961) At the Dodgers, the Pirates combine to tie the MLB record by turning 9 DPs.
  • (1979) WPCB signs on as the city's 9th TV station.
  • (1970) The world's 1st Sky Ballet takes off in the city.
  • (1979) The 4th USS Pittsburgh is announced as construction contracts are awarded.
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  • April 17

  • (1754) Récollet Denis Baron offers the city's 1st mass & Christian service as 33 English soldiers commanded by Esgn. Ed Ward are allowed to surrender & retreat to Ft. Redstone.
  • (1818) A $14,815ia reward is offered in city's 1st bank robbery.
  • (1873) The city built USS Sandusky leaves naval service.
  • (1879) Pittsburg, Oregon is founded, one of the 47 worldwide Pittsburghs, Pittsburgs, or Pitsburgs honoring the city.
  • (1893) Allegheny Steel incorporates, becomes Allegheny Technologies.
  • (1901) The city's 1st pedestrian death by auto is on Bigelow Blvd.
  • (1939) A new "metropolitan plan" that would make Pittsburgh the nation’s 5th largest with a population of 1.7 million, is defeated in Harrisburg.
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  • (1988) The Press wins its 2nd Pulitzer in as many years, the city's 4th.
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  • (1980) The First Lady visits Monaca.
  • (1985) The Pirates announce the return of Bob Prince.
  • (1987) At Three Rivers, Philadelphia star Mike Schmidt is the 15th in history to hit his 500th homer, as Pittsburghers give him a standing ovation.
  • (1996) President Bush visits the Hilton.
  • (1998) Penguins star Martin Straka scores a hat trick in the season finale in a 5-2 win v Boston at the Igloo as Jaromir Jagr runs away with the Art Ross with 11 points above Peter Forsberg and 14 points above 4th place Ron Francis, with Jagr tying Gretzky for assists and Francis 5 behind at 4th.
  • (1999) Kennywood Park opens its Exterminator.
  • (1999) World TV spotlight the Penguins/Rangers game from MSG on the announcement it will be Wayne Gretzky's last as Mike Emrick announces as the Penguins win 2-1 in OT as Jagr runs away with the Art Ross and in assists, 20 points ahead of Selanne in the Art Ross.
  • (2004) The convention center hosts the 4th day of the NRA national convention with a speech from Ted Nugent.
  • (2004) Pirates ace Kris Benson is the 1st player since 1920 to tie the MLB record of 4 sac bunts v the Mets.
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  • (2006) Sidney Crosby sets a new Penguins rookie scoring record with a goal & assist at Toronto, eclipsing Mario Lemieux by 2 to become only the 7th NHL rookie with 100+, the youngest overall & the 1st to have 100+ points & 100+ penalty minutes in a season finale 3-5 loss at Toronto as he finishes 6th in the Art Ross race 23 behind Joe Thornton & only 4 from the top 3, as the Penguins hold a rally.
  • (2008) Pittsburgh International closes the 5 day AAAE's Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting national conference.
  • (2012) Penguins star Jordan Staal gets a hat trick at Philadelphia, the teams 5th of the season.

  • April 19

  • (1792) James O'Hara, grandfather of Mary Schenley, is appointed the 6th U.S. Quartermaster General.
  • (1852) The rivers flood the Forks of the Ohio to 35'1".
  • (1900) Honus Wagner debuts for the Pirates, with 2 hits in a pitching duel 3-0 loss to Cy Young at St. Louis.
  • (1902) The Gazette reports on a “game that would make amateurs blush” as Pirates hits make St. Louis set the NL record for errors with 11 & 15 combined.
  • (1942) The 13 & 16 year old sons of "Boss" Lawrence are killed in a Zelienople car crash.
  • (1948) A bench clearing brawl erupts at Cincinnati after Red Hank Sauer hits a homer causing a collision at 2nd as Ohioans toss bottles at players causing a game delay.
  • (1950) Police make world news as retired & widowed motorcycle patrolmen George Blair leaves his $397,818ia estate to his parrot.
  • (1979) The Pirates trade Frank Taveras for Tim Foli.
  • (1986) RJ Reynolds celebrates his 27th birthday with a grand slam at Chicago 14-8 Pirates win. The game featured six home runs (three by each team) and 28 hits (14 by each team).
  • (1988) CMU dedicates a memorial to alumnus & Challenger astronaut Judith Resnick.
  • (1997) The Post-Gazette becomes among the 1st to report on the Dihydrogen Monoxide hoax.
  • (1998) The Guinness Book of Records visits as Mariss Jansons conducts 2,048 young musicians from the tri-state area to set the record for the "World's Largest Orchestra".
  • (2002) The Pittsburgh Stock Exchange building is sold to preservationists for $447,695ia.
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  • April 22

  • (1794) After 23 years as a township, Pittsburgh incorporates as a borough.
  • (1868) The Peoples Passenger RR is founded.
  • (1891) The Alleghenies field Lou Bierbauer for the 1st time, the contested acquisition from Philadelphia gets the team branded as "Pirates" as they play their 1st game at Expo Park, losing to Chicago by 1.
  • (1892) Pirates star Elmer Smith is the 1st in MLB history to walk twice in an inning as the team scores 12 in the 1st v St. Louis at Expo Park.
  • (1896) Shadyside Hospital successfully uses X-Rays just weeks after their 1st publishing by Wilhelm Röntgen.
  • (1902) The Pirates raise their 1901 pennant for a record crowd of 15,000 at Expo Park before beating Cincinnati.
  • (1927) In its 7th year KDKA is licensed for 50,000 watts.
  • (1935) The Duquesne Gardens hosts the city's 1st Rodeo & Stampede.
  • (1937) Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo raids the all-star Crawfords of Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson & Satchel Paige.
  • April 23

  • (1784) The Land Act passes, fueling the city as a boomtown as expansion continues down the Ohio.
  • (1902) St. Louis owner Frank Robison places a $284,440ia challenge that the Pirates wouldn’t repeat for the pennant as players pool their money to meet the bet, winning it 6 months later.
  • (1903) After 4 years under state control due to corruption, the elected Mayor Hays takes office.
  • (1913) Over 100 die in a Courtney mine explosion.
  • (1927) A Pittsburgh-Cleveland Motor Coach Co. bus overturns in Allison Park injuring 8.
  • (1946) Wesco Machine Products incorporates.
  • (1949) The Mellons gift $39.4 millionia to build Mellon Square.
  • (1952) B&O agrees to move its station & freight yards to make way for the Grant Street interchange.
  • (1962) Riding a 10 game win streak the Pirates lose to the Mets at Forbes Field, the 1st Met franchise win.
  • (1976) VW announces it will rehab the Chrysler New Stanton plant.
  • (1980) The Pennsylvania Primary declares George Bush victorious v Ronald Reagan & Ted Kennedy victorious v President Carter.
  • (1985) Martha Graham is awarded the Medal of Arts at the White House.
  • (1988) Both Rev. Jackson and Michael Dukakis visit for the "Steel Valley Debate" in Munhall, as Jackson tours the Monongahela River by boat prior to the event at Steel Valley High School.
  • (1991) Pittsburgh International is the 1st in a $54.3 millionia FAA program for improved runway lighting & markings.
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  • April 24

  • (1818) The reward offered in city's 1st bank robbery is increased from $14,815ia to $44,444ia.
  • (1856) The 2 Cox children go missing in Bedford County.
  • (1861) The 80 man strong Turner Rifles depart for service during the Civil War.
  • (1913) Over 60,000 students clash with police protesting on the streets & at the 132 city schools for the removal of Supt. Heeter.
  • (1915) Rebels ace Frank Allen throws a no-hitter v St. Louis, the Federal Leagues first no-hit, no-run performance after he walks 3 in the 1st.
  • (1927) The Symphony's executive council are arrested for Blue Laws violations after the group performed a Sunday concert for 4,000.
  • (1940) The Duquesne Gardens opens the National Championship Rodeo with Gene Autry.
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  • (1964) President Johnson arrives at Pittsburgh International greeted by the mayor & Gov. Lawrence motorcading downtown for a noon address at the Hilton as 2,000 attend & visits a Southside Union Hall rally.
  • (1979) Gulf Oil responds to President Carter's proposed Windfall Tax at its annual shareholders meeting at Heinz Hall.
  • (1985) The 1st 6 web domains are issued as Carnegie Mellon University's cmu.edu is among the 1st 6 on the internet.
  • (1986) Root Sports starts regularly scheduled broadcasts after a single Pirates broadcast 11 days earlier with the Pirates v the Phillies at Three Rivers. The station is among the world's 1st all-sports local channels & the city's 10th local station.
  • (1988) Gov. Dukakis visits to start his whistle stop tour.
  • (1996) The Penguins beat Washington 3-2 in the longest NHL game in over 60 years. The playoff contest goes 7 periods (4 OT) with 139:15 total.
  • (1996) Integra shareholders vote to accept National City's $2.3 billion merger proposal.
  • (1992) The $37.7 millionia 65,0002' O'Reilly Theater breaks ground in the Cultural District.
  • (2013) Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers wins his 2nd Thomas Nast Award.
  • (2013) A McKeesport gun shop’s giveaway contest had to be postponed because Facebook shut down the Pittsburgh Tactical Firearm’s page. The contest was to give away an AR-15, ammunition, and other gear, valued at some $10,307ia. The company has done many of the giveaways, their most recent was back in February.
  • (2014) Fox Chapel's Anne Richardson RIF Volunteer of the Year Award.

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  • April 28

  • (1823) Speaker Clay visits.
  • (1863) The Jones-Imboden Raid retreats from Buckhannon.
  • (1911) Carnegie has lunch with Mayor Magee, spends night at cousins at 7403 Penn Avenue, leaves by train to New York City by sundown.
  • (1920) John Brashear dies at 80 in his South Side home.
  • (1923) Police arrest 23 suspected communist "radicals", seize literature & bomb making materials leading up to May Day celebrations.
  • (1924) Pirates rookie Glenn Wright hits his 1st homer.
  • (1930) The Gideon Society holds its 50th annual national convention at the William Penn, passing out over 500 bibles.
  • (1955) J&L Steel announces an $758 millionia expansion for area mills, including $441 millionia for its Aliquippa Works.
  • (1955) Horace Heidt performs at Syria Mosque & MC's a Hill City Youth Program charity talent show.
  • (1966) At Chicago, Pirates star Roberto Clemente wins the game on a delayed double steal.
  • (1970) The city plants "colorful trees, shrubs & vines" on the face of Mt. Washington to create a "hanging garden".
  • (1974) “Are you really going to hit every Cincinnati ballplayer Wednesday night?” He returned the awe. “How you know that?” Dock Ellis during a party.
  • (1975) The city takes over the Zoo from the Zoological Society after a long feud.
  • (1983) Ed Debartolo pays $14.7 millionia to found his Maulers franchise, as news of Morganna's Playboy interview calls Three Rivers the friendliest stadium & the Galbreaths along with Kansas City as the friendliest owners.
  • (1989) After 15 years PATrain has its final run.
  • (1995) Miss Pittsburgh, an open-cockpit hi-wing plane, is unveiled at Pittsburgh International. The plane completed the 1st commercial airmail delivery.
  • (2000) Almost 2 months after the anti-white shooting spree of Ronald Taylor killed 3, Richard Baumhammers kills 4 non-whites & 1 Jewish white in a 2 county shooting spree.
  • (2005) UPMC & IBM enter into an 8-year, $526 millionia agreement to upgrade medical technologies & health information systems.
  • (2012) The Pirates are the 1st in 40 years to score 5 or less runs in their 1st 20 games as they win at Atlanta for a 9-11 record.
  • (2014) Evgeni Malkin scores a hat trick for the 1st round series win at Columbus.

  • April 29

  • (1898)Troops for service in the Spanish-American War entrained for camp at Mount Gretna
  • (1902) The "planet" Pittsburgh is discovered by astronomer Max Wolf and named in honor of the city and of native John Brashear.
  • (1932) The first Negro League ballpark in the world is constructed by Gus Greenlee, the Pittsburgh Crawfords will call Greenlee Field home until they disband in 1938. Today's Ammon Field carries on the fields legacy.
  • (1942) Pittsburgh and nine surrounding counties were designated by the federal government as a defense rental area, and rents were frozen
  • (1952) President Truman s seizure of the steel industry was declared illegal by Federal Court and district steel workers joined 650,000 throughout the nation in a walkout that paralyzed the industry.
  • (1994) Horne's Department Store, which was founded in 1849, is bought by Federated Department Stores of Cincinnati.
  • (1995) The new $147 million Allegheny County Jail Building opens


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  • (1865) Pvt. Higby receives the Medal of Honor.
  • (1889) Jack McCarthy hits it through an open gate in the Expo Park's outfield wall as a fan shuts it to give him an uncontested 3 run, walk-off homer to beat Louisville 7-6. The league orders the contest replayed.
  • (1916) After 2 die in Thomson Works labor battles, 4 squads of National Guard arrive.
  • (1922) WCAE signs on as the city's 3rd & nation's 61st station.
  • (1926) The SPA national convention closes, changing its constitution for bi-annual meetings.
  • (1930) With a chance for back-to-back titles & the 3rd in 4 seasons, Gallatin Soccer plays to a tie but then forfeits the National Amateur Cup.
  • (1940) The Torso Killer is suspected as a headless body is found in a New Castle boxcar.
  • (1943) Douglas v Jeannette is decided.
  • (1955) The B&O announces a Grant St. Station.
  • (1959) Pirates catcher Hank Foiles makes an unassisted double play at Forbes Field v St. Louis.
  • (1967) WEEP becomes the 2nd station in the city to gain 50k.
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  • (1985) Weakened from cancer Bob Prince returns to the KDKA air for 2 innings while given 3 SOs from the Three Rivers crowd as the Pirates score 9, 1 for each year of his absence. After he suggests "to park one so we'll have a little bit of everything" Jason Thompson homers in the 16-2 win v the Dodgers.
  • (1986) A skunk wanders onto the Jack Murphy Stadium field in the 7th delaying the Pirates game for several minutes before scoring 4 in 2 innings to rally to a 7-6 win.
  • (1991) After losing 5-4 in OT to go down 2-0 in the playoffs Kevin Stevens guarantees that the Penguins will make the finals.
  • (1994) John Connelly gifts $8.19 millionia to La Roche.
  • (1995) At the Igloo v Florida in the season finale, Penguins star Richard Park is the 1st Asian-American & the 1st Korean-American in the NHL, 5 years after Penguin Jim Paek became the 1st Asian & 1st Korean to play on an American NHL team.
  • (1998) The city hosts its 4th National Championship Marathon.
  • (2000) Alcoa buys Reynolds for $6.25 billionia again becoming the world's largest aluminum producer.
  • (2000) iServed.com buys the Stars & Stripes.
  • (2003) The 2 day 1st annual Pittsburgh Wine Festival concludes.
  • (2003) The Forge win the Robertson Cup v Sault St. Marie.
  • (2011) UPMC announces an agreement to develop the world's 1st telemedicine virutal exam room for both emergency and family practice.
  • (2013) The McArthur Foundation grants $500,000 for its 3rd "Hive Learning City".

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  • (2009) Alex Ovechkin & Penguins star Sidney Crosby score dueling hat tricks (both their 1st playoff hat tricks) as Washington takes a 2-0 series lead at the Igloo.
  • (2011) West Pen has 8 guards arrested for forming a secret vigilante group against inmates.
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  • May 6

  • (1755) Work begins on the Braddock Road.
  • (1887) The National Colored League opens with a Keystones-New York game at Central Park in the Hill, located at the corner of Chauncey St. & Humber Way, designed by African American architect Louis Bellinger.
  • (1906) At Expo Park v the Cubs the Pirates use the 1st rain tarp in history.
  • (1914) v Kansas City, Rebels star Ed Lennox hits the 1st & only cycle in the Federal League, while homering twice, a record that would stand for 23 seasons until Joe DiMaggio ties it.
  • (1923) Firemen respond to a 310 5th Ave. "Paris Inn" fire after a Chef went off shift while leaving a steak cooking.
  • (1937) Herb Morrison announces the Hindenburg disaster.
  • (1937) Sec. Mellon is on hand to open the new $171 millionia Mellon Institute announcing a new treatment for pneumonia developed by its scientists.
  • (1950) Pirates star Ralph Kiner hits a grand slam at Forbes Field v the Giants.
  • (1951) At the Braves Cliff Chambers pitches his last game for the Pirates & throws the club's 2nd no hitter and the 1st no hit no run game in Pirates history.
  • (1952) A Peabody High School junior is injured and blinded by a tear gas pen gun by another student.
  • (1960) LBJ arrives at Pittsburgh International for a 2 day visit, motorcades to Ohio & returns for a Hilton rally downtown.
  • (1963) Mayor Barr requests $39.1 millionia of federal aid for Homewood housing.
  • (1965) As the Pirates play in "Skyscraper City" Chicago, owner John Galbreath announces a new 65 floor home for US Steel, the US Steel Tower is planned to be the world's tallest.
  • (1968) An Alberta clipper hits with an unseasonably low of 29°.
  • (1968) Vince Cazzetta of the Pipers is named the ABA's 1st Coach of the Year.
  • (1978) Geniss Book declares the 6 day kissing contest of and a new world record.
  • (1988) Mayor Caliguiri dies as Sophie Masloff becomes the 1st woman & Jewish mayor at City Hall.
  • (2004) Pitt purchases the 81 year old University Club for over $3.86 millionia.
  • (2012) The 1st Appalachian Conference north of the Mason–Dixon line concludes at IUP.

  • (1922) Walt Mueller becomes the world's 1st to hit a home run on the 1st pitch of his career as the Pirates beat Chicago.
  • (1925) Pirates catcher Glenn Wright completes MLB's 5th unassisted triple play, throwing out hall of famers Jim Bottomley & Rogers Hornsby in the 9th at Forbes Field.
  • (1941) The Pirates trade Lloyd Waner to the Braves for ace Nick Strincevich.
  • (1944) The Pirates ruin the return of Cubs skipper Charlie Grimm at Chicago to post their 12th loss in a row by scoring twice in the 9th to tie it before winning it in the 11th for Preacher Roe.
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  • May 10

  • (1813) The Pittsburgh Humane Society is founded.
  • (1882) The Pirates, then known as the Alleghenies, complete their 1st road trip (a week long) & return to play their very 1st home game & the city's 1st professional ball game, a 9–5 win v St. Louis at Recreation Park.
  • (1908) The world's 1st Mothers Day is observed in Grafton.
  • (1944) The First Lady makes her second visit to the city for the year arriving at Penn Station, speaking at the William Penn, Carnegie Music Hall and in Butler.
  • (1953) At the Giants, Pirates stars Johnny O'Brien & Eddie O'Brien are the 1st twins to play in the same MLB game for the same team.
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  • (1939) The world's 1st non-stop air mall drop delivery is received at Arnold Palmer Airport.
  • (1952) The Steel Seizure Case begins arguments.
  • (1970) The home of the County Health Supervisor is firebombed at 5 AM, his family is uninjured.
  • (1976) Police respond to protesters outside Rockwell headquarters.
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  • (2001) Perry Como dies at 88.
  • (2006) Pittsburgh International announces valet parking for travelers.
  • (2011) Pirates send a cease & desist to the local bar offering discount drafts "when the Bucs lose, you win!".

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  • (1948) Pitt dedicates its $352,146ia Norwegian Nationality Room at the Cathedral of Learning.
  • (1950) Bulldozers start up for the 36a Point State Park. 110 Penn Avenue, at 103 years old is the 1st to go.
  • (1955) Zelienople Airport is dedicated.
  • (1962) A PANG F-84 crashes into a house near Pittsburgh International with the pilot safely ejecting.
  • (1967) At Cincinnati Pirates star Roberto Clemente hits 3 homers, the 87th time in NL history.
  • (1967) Controversy erupts after ref Pete Rhodes admits he called fouls to create "television time outs" for CBS in a Pittsburgh-Toronto NPSL match.
  • (1970) Rookie Michel Brière is fatally injured in a Montreal crash only weeks after leading the team to its 1st playoff berth & playoff series victory, the Penguins will name their rookie award in his honor and retire his jersey number.
  • (1973) For the 1st & only time in City Hall politics, both parties nominate the same man for mayor, Pete Flaherty.
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  • (2013) Penguins star Sidney Crosby scores his 8th hat trick v Ottawa at CONSOL for the team's 4th of the season as the Pirates battle back down 4-1 in the 6th at PNC Park to win 5-4 on a dropped fly ball collision by Houston to keep their 4 game win streak alive.

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  • (2008) Randy Pausch appears on Good Morning America.
  • (2008) Nobelstown's Bobo Rockefeller dies at 91.
  • (2011) VP Biden visits Shadyside.
  • (2012) A PPP survey ranks Pittsburgh as the most favorable city in the commonwealth.

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  • (1965) President Park closes his 2 day visit with a tour of the Aliquippa J&L Steel mill.
  • (1968) City investors buy the William Penn for $49.7 millionia.
  • (1968) Willie Stargell hits his 2nd & the NL's 90th 3 homer game along with a double & a single to go 5-5 as the last place Pirates win at Chicago 13-6. A 4th hits the left field railing barely missing homer status.
  • (1971) Bob Barker crowns Michele McDonald as Miss USA, the 1st High School student & 1st redhead.
  • (1977) Pirates stars Dave Parker hits a grand slam as Omar Moreno & Al Oliver also homer v the Dodgers at Three Rivers.
  • (1980) PennDOT announces a $26.1 millionia I-376 reconstruction.
  • (1981) Science reports on Pitt professor & NRC Biological Effects of Radiation head, Dr. Ed Radford's dissent of "underestimating" health reports.
  • (1987) The $1.17 billionia subway/light rail is completed to the south suburbs.
  • (1988) 123 year old Northside 1st Presbyterian is destroyed by fire.
  • (1994) Carnegie Library approves moving the downtown branch from Steel Plaza to a Point Park University Wood St. building.
  • (2000) WPIC's building is officially dedicated for Thomas Detre.
  • (2002) The Pentagon buys Stars & Stripes at the US Steel Tower.
  • (2007) The Mary Cassatt garden is started on the Northside.
  • (2013) Anthony Weiner's mayoral website's Pittsburgh skyline is mocked on Twitter.
  • (2014) Idlewild opens for the 1st time in 25 years without Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

  • May 25

  • (1838) The 20 year old National Road officially transfers to the Commonwealth.
  • (1908) Carry Nation arrives in the city with a visit and speech at 1st Pentecostal of Sycamore Street on Mt. Washington.
  • (1921) Mme Curie starts her 3 day visit welcomed at Penn Station by Mayor Babcock, staying the night at Rea Mansion.
  • (1935) Babe Ruth hits his final 3 homers as the Braves lose to the Pirates at Forbes Field, 11–7, his last being the 1st to clear the 100' right grandstand.
  • (1951) Mt. Oliver Incline announces it will close.
  • (1953) Pirates star Ralph Kiner gets his 300th homer v the Giants at Forbes Field.
  • (1958) Pirates skip Danny Murtaugh rushes the mound to start a bench clearing brawl at Forbes Field v San Francisco.
  • (1960) Safety Dir. Lou Rosenberg orders all bingo games, even in church, halted.
  • (1966) WPGH-TV is founded.
  • (1969) At San Francisco, Pirates ace Jim Bunning gets his 200th win.
  • (1975) Pitt Medical School graduates its 1st African American female, Elaine Morris.
  • (1983) At Atlanta the Pirates bullpen ties the MLB record walking 7 straight.
  • (1983) Cy Hungerford dies at 95.
  • (1985) At Atlanta, Pirates star Bill Almon hits his 1st grand slam.
  • (1986) The Pirate Parrot joins thousands in the city to complete Hands Across America.
  • (1988) Prince Hassan closes his 3 day visit with a conference with Jewish leaders at the William Penn and a tour of CMU.
  • (1988) On the 5th day of their weeklong visit 2 Nicuaguan politicians attend a Pittsburgh Pirates game.
  • (1989) During a Stadium Authority board meeting Mayor Masloff asks about "The How" to which the chairman asks "you mean 'The Who'?
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  • (1991) The Penguins win the Stanley Cup 8–0 in game 6, their 1st NHL & the city's 7th pro hockey title. Jim Paek is the 1st Asian to score a Stanley Cup goal as Denise DeBartolo is the 1st female owner of a championship team, both are "world firsts" to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.
  • (2011) With soaring metal prices, the city announces the thefts of dozens of metal trash bins.
  • (2012) President Bush visits Bedford.
  • (2012) The Penguins are sued for sending more than the contractual 5 text messages/day.
  • (2013) The 2 day NCS North American conference begins at the Wilson Center & ToonSeum.
  • (2014) Bunny Yeager dies at 85.

  • (1958) President Eisenhower visits en route to Shippingport to dedicate the world's 1st atomic plant in its 6th month of operation.
  • (1959) Pirates ace Harvey Haddix—suffering from flu and sore throat—hurls his 12-inning perfect game but loses in the 13th 0–1 on a Don Hoak error at the Braves as lightning threatens.
  • (1970) Gov. Shafer testifies before Congress to block a PRR proposal to end passenger service from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg & cut in half passenger service to Philadelphia.
  • (1972) The two-year-old Fair Witness publishes "Our Rap".
  • (1980) Pirates ace Bert Blyleven rushes the mound with bat in hand after both he and Willie Stargell are hit by pitches at Philadelphia.
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